Hurricane Isaac reminds Americans to stay prepared with a ‘Bug Out Bag’ (BOB)

Isaac’s track indicates it could make landfall right smack in the middle of New Orleans — precisely where Katrina hit seven years ago, causing over $100 billion in economic damage to the region. See the estimated storm track at: Landfall is estimated to take place Tuesday evening, with the really heavy winds tearing through New Orleans Tuesday night. It is perhaps the recent memory of Katrina that has so many people taking such active precautions now. It might even be overkill, given that Isaac is barely a category 1 hurricane and will only have top winds of around 90 mph according to meteorological estimates. Isaac may turn out to be the “big dud” hurricane of 2012. Nevertheless, one lesson from Katrina in 2005 is that government is incompetent and can’t save you from natural disasters. Perhaps that’s why so many citizens are getting prepared on their own, filling up gas tanks and buying up generators, bottled water and other supplies.
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Bug Out Bags?

Make sure the documents are protected. cash and coins: Since one of the major scenarios for societal collapse is hyper-inflation, you’d have to carry a pretty decent amount of cash to make it worthwhile. Still, better to have some and not need it than to need it and not have it. Even if, after any collapse, the power grids go down, some of the pay phones may still work (the phone structures have hardwire power built in and backup power supplies for many of the hubs. It won’t last forever but maybe for a few days). The coins (specifically quarters) would be good to have for making phone calls. I don’t know that I’d put a LOT of rolls of quarters in my bag – they’re kinda heavy.
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Bug-out bag: What to pack for a disaster

But all kidding aside, how prepared are you? “I am not a doomsday vigilante that some occasionally associate with the topic,” says Creek Stewart , author of “Build the Perfect Bug Out Bag: Your 72-Hour Disaster Survival Kit ,” who agreed to answer our questions. “My philosophy is this: prepare for real disasters that happen to regular people on a regular basis.” Surprisingly, the emergencies Stewart alludes to are not associated with a global pandemic or collapse of our government. They’re events like Katrina, Superstorm Sandy, wildfires and the recent Oklahoma tornadoes. He believes that most of us are not prepared to deal with disruptions in the amenities (electricity, gas, water and trash removal) we rely on every day. He points out that the average downtime associated with these events is 72 hours. The “72-hour kit” is another name for the bug-out bag, and it’s riding a wave of popularity. Even Pinterest that online home for all things bucolic has boards dedicated to the bug-out bag.
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